Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/17/19 9:28am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has visited the team's facilities at Gillette Stadium multiple times since Super Bowl LIII, and one Patriots beat reporter sees that as a 'reflection of his being in a good place with how the season ended, both team-wise and personally.'
Huddle Up: There's still no indication if Gronk will return for a 10th season, but his strong postseason (19 targets-13 receptions-191 yards-0 TDs in three games) that followed one of his least productive regular seasons (72-47-682-3 in 13 games) just might've tipped the balance. Stay tuned ...
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/4/19 8:28am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski hinted at a return in a suggestive video on QB Tom Brady's Instagram after the Super Bowl victory Sunday, Feb. 3. The video shows Gronkowski weighing his options and Brady nodding his head to return before Gronkowski appears to agree with 'to be continued' afterwards.
Huddle Up: Gronk's 47-682-3 line made him a bust for the early pick invested on him, and it's clear he is declining. He'll be 30 next year and is still one of the better options at the position. However, injury risk and name value may inflate the price tag to draft him.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 2/4/19 2:53pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman became the second player in Super Bowl history to catch at least 10 passes for at least 140 yards. The other was former Patriots WR Deion Branch in 2004.
Huddle Up: Edelman was deservedly the MVP in a largely forgettable Super Bowel 53. He's been Tom Brady's go-to man for years now and will be in the PPR WR2 conversation going into the 2019 season. A potential Rob Gronkowski retirement would obviously raise Edelman's ceiling.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/4/19 7:28pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has not had any contract extension talks with the Patriots at this point. Brady will be entering the final year of his contract in 2019.
Huddle Up: Brady is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL despite his age and likely will receive another extension at some point this offseason. He had a few disappointing performances this season but will still be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues in 2019.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/3/19 8:58am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, who is reportedly contemplating retirement, is not expected to make an official decision regarding his future immediately after Super Bowl LIII is over, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski caught six passes for 79 yards in the AFC Championship Game but struggled during most of the second half of the season after being hampered by ankle and back injuries. He will be 30 years old by the time the 2019 season begins but can still be viewed as a solid TE1 option if he continues playing.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 2/3/19 9:14am ET
Former New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon, who remains indefinitely suspended by the NFL for repeated violations of the substance abuse policy, will spend Super Bowl LIII in an in-patient treatment facility in Gainesville, Fla. There is no exit date yet for when Gordon will leave rehab, but the hope is that it's relatively soon.
Huddle Up: Even though Gordon still will only be 28 this April, he won't be able to pick up and resume his career any time soon with his league suspension. And at the moment, it's hard to imagine him being able to make it back anywhere else if he couldn't in a near-ideal situation in New England.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 2/3/19 9:52am ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel is the first rookie and fourth running back overall to have back-to-back playoff games with at least 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The other three to do so -- Terrell Davis, John Riggins and Larry Csonka -- are in the Hall of Fame.
Huddle Up: Michel has totaled 54 touches, including 53 rushing attempts, in two playoff games so far and is the best bet among all players to have a big game on the ground in Super Bowl LIII. Still, he's facing his toughest test yet in a Rams defense that has allowed only 98 yards on 43 rushes during their two NFC playoff wins.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/3/19 11:07am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady enters Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3, having played in more Super Bowls (eight) than the entire Los Angeles Rams roster combined (five).
Huddle Up: The Rams hope to negate that vast experience edge by turning up the heat on the 41-year-old QB, who hasn't been sacked and has only been hit thee times this postseason. As a result, Brady's second and third highest single-game passing-yardage totals of the season have come in the playoffs as he's completed 71.1 percent of his passes for 691 yards.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/3/19 11:40am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is entering Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3, healthier than he's been at almost any point this season, in which he's battled a bulging disk in his back and Achilles tendinitis.
Huddle Up: Gronk has been blocking like a man possessed in the playoffs, and even more important on the fantasy side, he drew a season-high 11 targets in the AFC Championship Game and finished with six catches for 79 yards. With the possibility that it might be Gronk's last game, don't be surprised if he's featured early and often Sunday.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 2/3/19 2:55pm ET
New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon could be reinstated by the NFL around the time training camp starts if he stays in contact with his doctors and continues his treatment, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation to see if Gordon suffers any setbacks this offseason. He is a very good player when he is on the field but is a risky fantasy option because of his off-field issues. He could be a late-round option if he is reinstated but may not be a reliable starting option.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 2/3/19 7:38pm ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel rushed 18 times for 94 yards and a touchdown in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, finishing the postseason with 336 rushing yards and six touchdowns in three games.
Huddle Up: Michel emerged as the lead back between the tackles for New England, and having a big role for a solid offense should keep him firmly in the RB2 mix in 2019.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/3/19 7:30pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 21 of his 35 passes for 262 yards and an interception in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Huddle Up: It certainly wasn't Brady's most memorable Super Bowl performance, but he did enough to walk away with his sixth ring. He has already said he has no plans to retire, and assuming that holds true, he will remain a QB1 candidate.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/3/19 8:06pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught seven of his eight targets for 87 yards in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Huddle Up: His highlight came when he hauled in a pass in triple coverage that set up the game's only touchdown. Rumors have been swirling that he may decide to retire, so keep an eye on his status as the offseason unfolds.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 2/3/19 7:41pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman was named the MVP of Super Bowl LIII, finishing with 10 catches on 12 targets for 141 yards in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Edelman polished off the postseason with 26 catches for 388 yards in three games. He will enter 2019 as one of Tom Brady's security blankets and should be no worse than a WR3, especially in PPR formats.
James White - RBPosted 2/3/19 8:15pm ET
New England Patriots RB James White rushed twice for four yards and caught one pass for five yards in a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Huddle Up: After catching 15 passes in the division round, White wasn't part of the game plan in the Super Bowl. New England backs can be notoriously frustrating for fantasy owners, but White's role in the passing game should keep him in the flex conversation in PPR formats in 2019.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 2/3/19 9:08pm ET
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead carried seven times for 43 yards and added 15 yards on two receptions during the team's victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Huddle Up: Burkhead took a backseat to Sony Michel but was far more involved than former Super Bowl hero James White, running for a huge first down late in the contest that came close to clinching the game for the Pats. If he could ever stay healthy for a full 16-game slate in New England he could have some decent fantasy value.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/3/19 9:51pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he will decide whether or not he'll continue his career 'in a few weeks or so' during comments made following Super Bowl LIII.
Huddle Up: It was already expected that Gronk wouldn't make any knee-jerk decisions immediately following the Super Bowl, but based on his comments we may have the answer to whether or not he'll suit up in 2019 by the time free agency starts early next month.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/30/19 9:10pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could have his contract extended after the season, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Brady would currently count $27 million against the cap in 2019.
Huddle Up: On the surface it seems crazy to extend a QB entering his age-42 campaign, but Brady's continued ability to excel despite his age makes his stated goal of playing until 45 seem more realistic by the day. He remains a top-10 fantasy QB.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/29/19 9:12am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is the 'best tight end in the game -- still,' Los Angeles Rams CB Aqib Talib said Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski had had a run of un-Gronk-like games prior to catching 6-of-11 targets for 79 yards -- with many coming late in crunch time -- during the AFC title game, and if Super Bowl LIII does prove to be his final game as many have speculated, Gronk could bow out with a huge game in Atlanta.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/29/19 10:13am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is 16-1 when facing a postseason opponent he did not play earlier that season.
Huddle Up: Keep in mind the one loss came against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl a year ago, but that certainly didn't hamper Brady's stat line as he threw for a career postseason-high 505 yards while completing 28-of-48 attempts for three TDs and no interceptions.
Josh Gordon - WRPosted 1/28/19 2:01pm ET
New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon remains at an inpatient drug treatment facility, according to a source. The Patriots are paying for Gordon's treatment while the NFL's Players Association is working with Gordon to help treat his addiction. Gordon is serving an indefinite suspension for diluted drug test samples - a violation of his reinstatement.
Huddle Up: It remains to be seen if Gordon will ever play in the NFL again. He will turn 28 years old this offseason and has ostensibly exhausted his opportunities. As of now, he's not worth selecting in redraft leagues.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/28/19 6:19pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he is not sure if Super Bowl LIII will be the last game of his career.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski struggled during the second half of the season but played well in the AFC Championship game. Owners should monitor the situation during the offseason because he could still be a No. 1 fantasy tight end if he continues playing.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 1/27/19 10:24am ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel has received some advice for playing in his first Super Bowl from two-time champion and Super Bowl XXXII MVP Terrell Davis. 'Try not to make this game any different than the ones you played,' David relayed to Michel via TMZ Sports. 'A lot of times, what happens is players assume, 'It's a Super Bowl, so I gotta do something different. I gotta prepare more, I gotta do something that I'm not used to doing. And, that's when they get in trouble.'
Huddle Up: Michel, the rookie first-round pick, is doing just fine this postseason rushing for a combined 242 yards and five TDs on 53 carries in wins over the Chargers and Chiefs. Next up may be toughest test yet in a Rams defense that has yielded only 98 yards on 43 carries in wins over the Cowboys and Saints.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/27/19 11:29am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said Sunday, Jan. 27, there's 'zero' chance Super Bowl LIII will be his last game.
Huddle Up: When you complete 64-of-90 passes for 691 yards and two touchdowns and aren't sacked in your two biggest games (the AFC playoffs) en route to another Super Bowl at age 41, why not come back at give it a whirl at 42 or 43?
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 1/27/19 3:34pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Chris Hogan could be an option for the New York Giants in free agency, in the opinion of SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
Huddle Up: The Giants have Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard as their top two receivers but likely will look to add a No. 3 receiver this offseason. Hogan has played well at times over the last few seasons and could a late-round fantasy option in 2019 depending on his role.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/25/19 10:07am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski could retire after Super Bowl LIII, according to some speculation, and Gronkowski's bother, Chris, said Friday, Jan. 25, that he can't shed any light on the situation. 'I think that's a question that I don't think anybody actually knows the answer to at this point,' Chris Gronkowski said in a video interview posted by TMZ Sports. 'There's so many emotions going throughout a season, throughout an offseason, throughout a game. I think that's probably the last thing on anybody's mind right now. I couldn't tell you. I don't even think at this point that he knows what he's going to do after this season.'
Huddle Up: Gronk bounced back from weeks of uninspiring and unproductive play with six catches on 11 targets for 79 yards in the AFC title game, and if he can follow that up with a similar effort in Super Bowl LIII, it's likely the retirement chatter will be shelved for at least another year.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 1/24/19 9:28am ET
Since Week 11, the New England Patriots are averaging 5.4 yards per rush on 116 carries out of '21' personnel - easily better than the league average of 4.7 yards, according to Sharp Football Stats. RB Sony Michel has been the primary beneficiary, rushing for 242 yards and five touchdowns on 53 carries in two postseason games.
Huddle Up: The Patriots' Super Bowl LIII opponent, the Los Angeles Rams, allowed a league-high 5.1 yards per carry in the regular season and also allowed 5.1 yards per rush when opponents ran out of "21" personnel, so look for this to be one of the first areas for New England to try to attack on Feb. 3.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/22/19 9:08am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could retire if the Patriots win Super Bowl LIII.
Huddle Up: Of course, we've been saying this for the past five years or so, but with time marching on, it's inevitably growing closer to coming true.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 1/21/19 1:32pm ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel is the first rookie running ever to run for at least 100 yards and two touchdowns in a championship game.
Huddle Up: Michel has been on fire in his first postseason, amassing 242 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in his first two games. That's with Rex Burkhead and James White taking away snaps, too. Michel's value is weaker in PPR leagues, but he's a quality RB2 prospect going forward.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/21/19 6:05pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was on the field for all 97 offensive snaps during the AFC Championship game.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski has struggled at times during second half of the season but is coming off a solid performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. It is believed that he will consider retirement this offseason, so owners should monitor the situation. He could still be a No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues if he plays.
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